Autumn in New England is amazing! It’s not an exaggeration. The trees turn magnificent colors. My favorite is the week the leaves are on fire. Red and oranges surround us. Breathtakingly beautiful! A few days later, the leaves mellowed to muted yellows.
I was fortunate enough to see all the changes on my near daily walks with Michael. He loves to explore our neighborhood. Even a small leaf pile on the side of the road becomes a pile of fun. Thank goodness for camera phones. They make documenting these everyday moments easier. Look how happy he is!
My baby turns four today. FOUR! I’m waxing nostalgic now. We are so blessed to have him in our family. Even though he is the mirror image of his older brother, he is own character. (Wouldn’t want to make parenting too easy for us.) Everyone who knows him loves his spontaneous joy, boundless energy, culinary enthusiasm, dancing talents and affection. Of course, I’m smitten. I am a lucky mom because I get to spend the entire day with birthday boy. See he’s overjoyed!
Happy Birthday Boy!
I’ll be back soon with some cute birthday pics. We’ll be celebrating all week because you only turn four once in your life!
For now, enjoy the early days! As you can see, blues and browns have grown on me, I am truly a mom of boys.
First day home! Sniff!
My precious little boy. I could not stop kissing him.
One month later, he settled into his new life. Ready for trouble with his big brother!
Happy Birthday Michael and Happy Wednesday everyone!!!
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then my little Michael should be healthy all winter. He’s been loving apple season here in New England. We’ve been bringing bushels home and he’s been eating them all. We actually have to hide the apples we want to use for pies and crisps. Needless to say he was pumped to go apple-picking with his preschool classmates. This was my first time and we lucked out with a sunny, cool day. As you can see, he’s ready to start picking (and eating!)
Ready to pick!
This is so easy! Why don’t we have a tree at home mom!?!
Apple tree farm
Why is everyone so slow?!? Let’s fill up these bags!
Taking a break to eat his bounty.
I created this page to remember the day. Not a perfect picture of him but I still found his apple-eating expression priceless. May he always be this healthy of an eater. YUMMY!
My youngest is turning four this month. FOUR! He’s a bundle of energy, a dancing monkey and nonstop eating machine. I’m enjoying this stage of his life since he’s always down for an adventure with me and still finds enjoyment in the small things. We’ve had so much fun this fall. One of our traditions has been picking pumpkins and getting lost in the corn maze at Marini Farms. Such a great place for kids to have fun as little Michael demonstrates:
As the countdown begins for his birthday celebration, I am full of excitement and nostalgia. This led me to start looking through baby pictures which inevitably led to layouts. Because what is scrapbooking after all, but a chance to stir the pot of sentimentality . Crate Paper’s Little Boy Blue collection allowed me to showcase these adorable pictures.
Too cute for words!
I could stare at this picture for hours. So small and peaceful. I LOVE SLEEPING BABIES–way more than crying babies.
Snug as a cute bug!
These pictures were on my bedside table until I scrapped them. I find his expressions amusing and on this chilly night sort of wish I had a warm outfit like that to wear. Again so snugly cute–no wonder I spend hours holding him.
Thanks for joining me on this walk down memory lane. I’ll be back later this week with more cute pictures and projects. Have a great week!
October is a month of celebrations in our family. Lots of birthdays, fun times, yummy food and sweets! Today we are celebrating an important milestone for my dear brother. He’s the star of our family, the life of every party and we love him to pieces.
The page below is from my oldest son’s birthday in May. Gabriel anxiously awaited the arrival of his uncle so that the party could begin. Sure enough, as my brother’s car pulled into the driveway with music thumbing throughout our quiet suburban street, the mood went from happy to ecstatic. I used the ombre patterned paper to capture this mood shift. The stars and embellies emphasize the celebratory tone of the day. With cake, toys, and lots of noise we all remember that day in May fondly. I’m so glad that we have the chance to repeat all that many times this month.
Happy Birthday big brother! Thanks for filling our life with a crazy amount of love!
For about 3 years, one of Gabriel’s favorite movies was “Finding Nemo.” The lines from that movie are seared into my memory and occasionally life circumstances bring them to the forefront. Now that I am a few days removed from one of the most stressful presentations I have completed as an educator, I can go back to enjoying life’s small moments. Naturally, those precious moments relate to my boys. Because as most parents know, life goes on (even as we are trying to figure out how to conquer the next professional hurdle.) Kids go to school, playgrounds and practices. Fore example, Gabriel is currently taking swim lessons. In the midst of my restless energy and nerves, I asked him how it was going. His rather banal response: “Fine. We just swim [...]” triggered Dory’s infamous Just keep swimming line. Not that I recommend relying on Pixar films for spiritual inspiration, but when life presents it’s challenges, it’s not a bad place to turn to for a smile and push forward.
Dory and Marlin’s expressions are priceless. It’s so obvious who’s the teacher and who has to learn a life lesson. (Hands up if your kids or students have given you this look.) HA! And here’s the project that inspired me all week.
It’s about my Gabriel at one of his swim lessons. I love his cute goggles and his confidence. Once I picked out the bubble paper from Studio Calico, this layout came together rather quickly. I started this project so that I could showcase his progress report. The picture came later. It’s rather simple but both pieces can be removed from the page–if he wants to take a closer look at his report. (The wonders of washi!) The wooden elements from Studio Calico and Basic Grey are my current favorites.
I hadn’t planned to share this one but it struck a cord with me. It was only a couple of years ago that Gabriel would hesitant in the pool and become too nervous to master his techniques. That’s not the case anymore. This is one of the few shots we have of him where he slowed down long enough for the camera to capture him. I wanted to record his progress so that he could always remember how he overcame his fears to not only learn something new but also to enjoy the process. That’s a powerful lesson for anyone, me included.
Anxiety, restless energy, stress, nerves, whatever you call it, I’m just glad it’s behind me. I hope your week is off to a promising start. And if it’s not remember: Just keep swimming,
Little Michael’s loves the moon. This could be in part to early readings of Goodnight Moon. Or just the chance to stay up late on summer night so that he could catch a glimpse. Whichever it is, it’s one of my sweetest memories of him these past two years. He always looks out the windows and is so excited to see full moons or even a half moon. This summer we even lucked out and got to see a blue moon.
Spotting his lunas (moons) makes him so happy so we almost always oblige–even when we are not at home. On a recent trip to DC, Michael had one of those anxiety-ridden episodes that are toddler trademarks. His father had sneaked out of our hotel room for a food run to Good Stuff Eatery. Because who doesn’t need a good burger after traveling with kids!?! Realizing that his father left to get an Obama burger and that the moon might be out and he was missing both by being left behind in the hotel was too much for Michael.
Angst-ridden–but looking cute with his blankie.
We couldn’t find the moon that night. Too many lights from our room. Also, the kid loves burgers. Add Obama’s name to it and we have one hungry, patriotic toddler. I snapped away as he anxiously awaited his Obama burger–and still waiting for the moon to make an appearance. Lesson for the day: toddlers don’t want anything to do with “waiting.”
This layout was inspired by Lilith Eeckles ‘ summer colour series. I learned a a few great techniques and color combinations. i tried out her challenge to use color with black for “harmonious contrast.” I do not often use stark color contrasts in my work so I gave it a try. I did not have any black-and-white photos on hand so I used a night-time picture. Visually this eased my placement of the black frame with the other pastel elements of the page. I am still unsure if I like the end-result. What do you think?
Moon update: crescent shaped moon which Michael missed because he went to sleep early. Goodnight moon (and Michael).